New CDC Resource Helps Operators Verify Passengers’ COVID Status

The tool assists aircraft operators in meeting their obligation to verify passengers’ negative COVID-19 status prior to boarding an aircraft bound for the U.S.

Pilot Preflight Procedures Obtain AC Status*

New FAA Advisory Circular AC 91-92 offers detailed guidance intended for establishing highly effective preflight briefings. The guidance in this 20-page circular goes far beyond the minimum preflight requirements outlined in FAR 91.103. The FAA said information in the circular serves as an “educational roadmap for the development and implementation of preflight self-briefings, including flight planning, weather interpretation, and risk identification/mitigation skills.”

The FAA believes that following these guidelines will better prepare pilots to properly interpret and utilize real-time weather information before departure and en route, in the cockpit, via technology like ADS-B, and via third-party non-government providers, as well as Flight Services Stations. Despite their consolidation over the last few years, the FAA maintains FSSs “remain an important source of comprehensive weather and aeronautical information.”

Two appendices that follow the 15-page main section of the circular might be the most valuable takeaways. The first appendix contains a thorough list of preflight briefing elements, their specific value to the pilot, and the website links to the government resources for each of the elements. The second is a sample preflight checklist presented in a single-page format similar to that for other standard checklists familiar to pilots.

* As reported in AINalerts 5 APRIL 2021

Business Aviation Included

CDC Transportation Mask Mandate Applies to Charter, FBOs

Feb. 2, 2021

Passengers on all forms of public transportation into, within or outside of the U.S., including charter operations and at transportation hubs including FBOs, must now wear face masks, according to a new order from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Private conveyances for personal, non-commercial use are exempt from the rule, meaning passengers of private Part 91 operations are not required to comply.

Review the CDC order: Requirement for Persons to Wear Mask While on Conveyances and at Transportation Hubs

“This CDC order brings the force of a government mandate to business practices already in place around much of the country,” said Brian Koester, CAM, NBAA’s director of flight operations and regulations. “Aircraft operators and FBO managers should review the order with their personnel to ensure compliance. Having a formal mandate from the federal government should assist operators and FBOs in ensuring compliance with appropriate mask practices.”

The order outlines mask attributes that meet the CDC requirements and masks or other devices, such as neck gaiters, which do not meet the CDC requirements. It also lists certain exemptions to the mask requirement, including when a passenger is eating or drinking, communicating with a passenger who is hearing impaired, children under 2 years of age and passenger with a disability who cannot safely wear a mask.

Crew members are exempt when wearing a mask would create a risk to workplace health, safety, or job duty. The FAA interprets this to include pilots or crewmembers seated at their duty station.

Aircraft operators and transportation hub operators are tasked using “best efforts” to ensure compliance with these requirements. Any person not complying with the mandate should be told noncompliance is a violation of federal law, should not be boarded on an aircraft or should be disembarked as soon as possible.

The order comes on the heels of a recent announcement from the FAA, which increased civil penalties for passengers who interfere, physically assault or threaten a flight crewmember.

In January, the CDC published an order requiring pre-departure COVID-19 testing for all passengers arriving to the U.S. from international locations. Passengers must be tested no more than three days prior to their departure and must provide proof of the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the aircraft operator. Crewmembers are exempt from this requirement and may print a letter to use as proof of their exemption when deadheading.

 CDC COVID Testing Requirement

for Flights Into the U.S.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published a new order requiring pre-departure COVID-19 testing for all passengers arriving to the U.S. from international locations.

Starting Jan. 26, passengers must be tested no more than three days prior to their departure and must provide proof of the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the aircraft operator.

MBAA 2021 Proposed Schedule of Events

MBAA events, including monthly membership meetings, are normally scheduled on the second Wednesday of the Month.  Unless confirmed, the events scheduled are based on experience and preliminary discussions with the designated sponsor.  Once confirmed, the event details will be posted under the EVENTS tab.

  * New in 2021, the MBAA scheduled a Quarterly "Happy Hour" for the last Thursday of the month in March, June, and September.  The "Happy Hour" events are based upon the availability of sponsors and an approved site to host the event.  These enhance networking and fellowship with a relevant presentation and discussion.  

15 June - Gulfstream Aerospace TBD

24 June - "Happy Hour" Event

14 July - Textron Aviation TBD

   Confirmed   23 August - MBAA Aviation Golf Classic

@ StoneRidge Golf Club, Stillwater, MN

    Confirmed 15 September - Dassault Falcon Jet

30 September - "Happy Hour" Event

12-14 October - 2021 NBAA-BACE (Las Vegas, NV)

10 November - Bombardier TBD

8 December - Sleigh Ride Event

* Send your suggestion for a program, speaker, vendor, or topic to ADMIN@mbaa-mn.org

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